'Mountain Mike' convicted in 2012 beating of Bradenton homeless man

jdeleon@bradenton.comNovember 1, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Michael Nogosek, known on the street as "Mountain Mike," was convicted Thursday in the 2012 brutal beating of a Bradenton man.

Nogosek was convicted of aggravated battery with great bodily harm after two days of testimony and deliberations. He faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced.

Gregory Brann was found beaten and unconscious in the 2800 block of Ninth Street West in Bradenton on July 3, 2012.

Police obtained video surveillance of the entire beating from a store in the vicinity.

"It's a pretty horrific beating," Assistant State Attorney Courtney Hollen said.

Brann, who was hospitalized for more than three weeks after the beating, testified in the trial. The permanent damage as a result of the injuries is difficult to measure since the homeless man has not received proper follow-up care, according to Hollen.

"He is definitely not in good shape," Hollen said. "The beating has left him in a more vulnerable position than he was."

Brann had known the man who beat him for two to three years prior to the beating.

While it was not permitted to be used during the trial, Nogosek has a prior history that includes 13 misdemeanor charges, battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was also found not guilty murder by insanity in a Washington state case, and was then in a state hospital for six years, according to Hollen.

Nogosek remains in Manatee County jail as he awaits his sentencing hearing, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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